Unless you are planning to breed your dog or cat, we hope you will consider bringing your pets to our spay and neuter clinic in Albemarle, NC. We offer spaying and neutering as routine surgical procedures for pets.
Why Use Our Spay and Neuter Clinic?
Spaying and neutering provide some specific health benefits for dogs and cats. Spaying a female pet does the following:
- Prevents the heat cycle and associated hormonal effects
- Eliminates the chances of ovarian or uterine cancers
- Reduces the chance of breast cancers
- Eliminates the risk of uterine infection
- Reduces separation anxiety issues
Neutering a male dog or cat provides the following benefits:
- Eliminate chances of testicular cancer
- Reduces roaming, marking and other aggressive behaviors
- Lowered risk of prostate infection
Spay and Neuter Clinic Procedures
Your pet will receive a preliminary checkup before undergoing a spay or neuter procedure. This will include blood tests and a general exam to make sure they are in good health. We always like to ensure that there are no unexpected complications before any surgical procedure, and this is part of the process.
For the safety of your pet and our surgical staff, your pet will be administered anesthesia so that they remain unconscious for the procedure. For a spay procedure, an incision is made in the female pet’s abdomen and the ovaries or both the ovaries and the uterus are removed. For a neuter procedure, an incision is made in the male pet’s scrotum and the testicles are removed.
After a Visit to the Spay and Neuter Clinic
Pets can go back home with their owner the same day that they have been spayed or neutered. We will explain all the at-home care procedures to you while you’re still at our clinic. Your pet will need to wear an Elizabethan collar (e-collar) for a few days to prevent them from licking or biting at the incision site.
It usually takes about five to ten days for pets to fully recover from these procedures. You will want to limit their activity levels during this time, so that they can fully heal. If you are able to, provide your pet with a “cave” or den-like structure in the home where they can feel safe while resting. You will also want to temporarily remove their favorite climbing structures or restrict their access to these (for cats), to prevent them from accidentally reopening the incision site.